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First Friday Art Walk planned for Nov. 3

BEMIDJI -- The First Friday Art Walk is planned for Friday, Nov. 3, and will take place at the following businesses:

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse, 523 Minnesota Ave., presents “Aadizookaan: Sacred Stories and Myths” by D.L. Houseman. The exhibit explores six Ojibwe origin stories interpreted through two mediums: woodcut printings and acrylic paintings. Houseman, a retired art teacher of 34 years, is now focused full-time on his own work, including writing and illustrating children’s books, numerous solo shows, artist in residence programs across the state, and his art business “Stuff on Paper.” The exhibit will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Gallery North, 310 Fourth St. NW, will host a “Holiday Boutique” First Friday reception from 2 to 6 p.m. The featured artist will be jewelry maker Rachel Davey. After making her own wedding jewelry, Davey realized she enjoyed working with Swarovski crystals and other shimmering glass beads.

Northwest Indian Community Development Center, 1819 Bemidji Ave. N, next door to Slumberland, will display unique artworks crafted by area Indigenous artists from 4 to 7 p.m. Many new vendors will be selling a variety of work, including original paintings, drawings, prints, cards, jewelry, garments and others.

Dunn Bros Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Dr. SE, will feature the work of Bemidji artist Russ Hue Lund. Lund specializes in portraits. He also creates pop surrealism and a variety of experimental projects. Meet him at an artist reception from 5 to 7 p.m.

Headwaters Music and Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW, will host “Woven Elements,” featuring the work of Shannon Lucas Westrum. Her woven items are sometimes practical and demonstrate that art can be found in everyday objects. The public is invited to the opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Following Lucas Westrum’s reception, Headwaters will host the First Friday CoffeeHouse from 7 to 10 p.m. The CoffeeHouse events feature local musicians, singers and writers sharing their talents in 10-to-15-minute sets. John Heningsgaard will host. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. to sign up for performance times. Cost to attend the Coffeehouse is $3 per person or $7 per family.

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